On the Saddle
There is no better way to experience the rolling hills, majestic bluffs and native grasslands of the Eastern Plains than from the seat of a bicycle. In 2016, cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to pedal along the gorgeous Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway, past family farms, livestock barns and several of our state’s proud historical landmarks including the Olney War Memorial and Bent’s Old Fort.
The majority of cyclists will participate in a 3-Day, fully-supported bicycle tour, covering anywhere between 30 to 75 miles per stage. The Century Option gives cyclists on the multi-day tour a chance to push their limits and go the extra miles or it may also be purchased by others as a single-day offering. The Century Ride will take cyclists south of La Junta through Comanche National Grassland and into Vogel Canyon. Those who prefer a route with an emphasis on fun over fitness, may saddle-up for the Family Fun Ride. The route will begin and end at La Junta’s City Park; touring the charming downtown of La Junta, its surrounding parks and museums, and will include a costume and best decorated bike contest as well as a number of fun fall games… don’t miss the La Junta Wipeout and Waterslide!
Interactive On-Route Experience: Each ride option of Pedal The Plains incorporates interactive learning experiences that showcase significant points of interest along the route. At each of these stops, cyclists will have a chance to dismount and learn about a particular point-of-interest by meeting an expert, viewing an exhibit or taking a short tour. Be a part of the Passport Program and challenge yourself to stop at all of the educational exhibits along the route each day. You will find your passport in the Map Book that you’ll receive during registration. At the end of each day’s ride, check in at the Information Tent and show the PTP staff your stamps for a chance to win prizes! A Passport Program Prize Drawing will take place at the entertainment site each evening. Don’t miss out; you must be present to win!
Point of Interest Signs: Point of Interest Signs will be planted along the route throughout the ride to educate cyclists about what they’re seeing, hearing and smelling as they pedal along. Signs may notify riders about irrigation and water rights, what’s growing in a field, the type of fish inhabiting a reservoir or the location of a historical landmark.
A Ride With a View
For those riders who wish to further explore the themes and subjects they encounter along the route, educational exhibits, demonstrations, and interactive displays will be set up in each host community. Shuttles will also be offered to a few of the off-site exhibits. Make time for Ordway’s historic and preserved Hotel Ordway as well as the Ordway Resevoir; Fowler’s Historical Museum and community farms; along with La Junta’s Koshare Kiva & Museum and take a trip back in time in Bent’s Old Fort National Historical Site.
2016 Educational Sponsors & Providers coming soon!
2016 Route Highlights include (subject to change):
Olney War Memorial
CSU Research Farm & Extension Office
Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway
Comanche National Grassland
Otero Junior College
La Junta Wipeout and Waterslide
Bent’s Old Fort